Swimming with Whales
This island nation is one of the three or four places where you can get up, close and personal with the gentle giants of the seas.
Take a guided tour into the spectacular limestone caves dotting Niue, it is breathtaking every time.
Snorkelling and Diving
With water clarity reaching up to 100 metres on a good day, Niue is perfect for snorkeling and diving. It’s rare hard coral formations, endemic flora and fauna guarantees a superb time underwater.
Playing with Wild Dolphins
There are scores of pods of spinner dolphins who have made Niue’s warm waters their permanent home. It is a heart-warming experience to watch these intelligent creatures gambol and play around you.
No crowds, no queues…
And no traffic lights! Slide into ‘island time’ and relax like never before. Breathe, feel the island breeze, take your time to do… nothing.
Among the South Pacific countries, Niue counts as one of the prettiest islands modern travellers can lay their eyes on. One of the smallest self-governing nations in the world, Niue is home to swathes of pristine forests, the largest cave system in the South Pacific, along with crystal-clear waters and great resorts.
This little destination is starkly different from other South Pacific countries. As the island is a giant coral atoll, its geography, coast line and vistas are wildly unique. Steep limestone cliffs fall sharply away to form huge stone arches and massive grottos washed by the clearest emerald waters of the Pacific Ocean. The seas are so transparent that underwater visibility is usually measured around 180-260 feet!
Despite being one of the largest coral atolls in the world, Niue’s central plateau tops off at 223 feet, making for great nature hikes and walking trails in the lush forests. Along with Tonga, Niue counts among the few places in the world where travellers can sit in a beachfront bar and see humpback whales breaching just a few metres away.
A three-and-half hour flight from Auckland sees travellers land at the Niue International Airport, which is the only airport. To reach Niue’s hotels and resorts, there is a single paved road encircling the oval island which provides beautiful views of the grey cliffs, Pacific Ocean and forests.
From swimming with dolphins, diving, snorkelling, exploring the massive caves, nature hikes, cultural tours and yachting, there are a ton of fun activities which will make the days whizz by. Travellers come here because they’ve heard about the crystal-clear waters, amazing scuba-diving, snorkelling and whale-watching, but the real gem of Niue is the friendly nature of the people. Plus, it is always a powerful incentive to visit a place with zero traffic jams, no rush hour, no traffic lights and zero crime!
Though Niue is remote, but it’s not primitive in any way. Welcome to the world’s first free WiFi country, where anyone can surf the internet anywhere on the island! Have a good time clicking selfies and posting them online.
At Hideaway Holidays, we have a constantly updated list of hotels and resorts in Niue. Our signature all-inclusive Niue holiday packages offer airfares, accommodation, meals, drinks, transfers and even freebies and seasonal bonuses to travellers. Due to limited inventory and the remote locations of Niuean resorts, we’d recommend you book well in advance. Check out our Niue accommodation deals, browse our holiday deals or just give us a call at 1300 991 751 to talk about great Niue holidays!
As Niue is a small island nation, there are a limited number of hotels and resorts. That being said, the gorgeous views and the fun to be had outshines the luxe factor any day. It has full-service hotels perfect for families, groups and couples such as the Scenic Matavai Resort and Scenic Matavai Villas. Then, there are motels and boutique offerings such as the Kololis Guests House Niue and Scenic Matavai Studio Apartments, which are perfect for honeymooners and couples wishing for privacy and romance.
Check out Niue’s various hotels in our listings below. As South Pacific Specialists for the past four decades, Hideaway Holidays has the most exhaustive list of hotels you’ll find in this gorgeous destination.
Diving and Snorkelling: Because of the island’s porous limestone geography, there is no sedimentation in the water; therefore, Niue boasts of the clearest waters to dive in. From massive underwater monoliths, caverns and caves to the vast coral reefs that provide a home to the island’s innumerable marine life – it’s a diver’s paradise. Some of the snorkeling sites are so beautiful they were exclusively for the pleasure of Niuean royalty up until recently. Diving enthusiasts and newbies alike are encouraged to explore the diving off Avatule Beach, Limu Pools, and the beautiful Matapa Chasm.
Whale Watching: Niue is one of the very, very few countries where travelers can watch whales and even swim with them. From July to October, tour operators guide visitors for a magical sighting of these gentle giants. Even from the shore, Niue’s deep waters ensure whale sightings from as close as 50 feet away! Definitely a bucket list wish to tick off here.
Playing with dolphins: It’s warm waters ensure an all-year residency of several pods of friendly spinner dolphins. With certified PADI operators, travelers will find clicking and frolicking dolphins surrounding the boat in no time.
Game Fishing: This tiny island nation has all the right to brag about being one of, if not, the best fishing destinations in the world. With deep-water fishing right off Niue’s craggy shores, anglers do not even have to get into a boat to bag giant sailfish, skipjack and yellowfin tuna or any of the prized black, blue or striped marlins. Professional operators will often guide anglers to the best spots for the ‘catch of a lifetime’!
Caving: Even if the activity is not unique to this destination, Niue’s vast subterranean caves are the largest and most complex in the whole South Pacific region. Explore the gigantic Keyhole formation, many other multi-colored caves and how they’ve become intrinsic elements in Niue’s history and legends.
This island has a booming yachting scene, where schooners, catamarans, tall ships and cruise ships come to savor the finer elements of diving and sailing in the warm waters of this country. At Hideaway Holidays, our South Pacific Specialists keep a live track of sailing vessels in the vicinity of Niue available for dive liveaboard and sailing charters.
Just jot down your dream cruise experience in the Enquiry Form and we’ll get back to you with some of the best all-inclusive cruise options in Niue’s transparent blue seas. Alternately, you can call us directly at 1300 991 751 to talk to our South Pacific Specialists about the wonders of cruising in Niue!
An island of the Pacific that is nothing like the rest. Niue is an unspoilt wonderland of natural adventures. Explore the abundance of caves or embark on a dolphin or whale encounter.